Photographic prints, fashion, black and white, of Janice Wakely as a model, various photographers, England and Australia, 1954-1969
The Janice Wakely archive includes photographs of Janice, photographs by Janice, magazine and newspaper tear sheets and clippings, and biographical material. Series 1 of the archive contains photographs of Janice Wakely as a fashion model, taken during the 1950s and 1960s, many by leading Australian and international photographers of the day - including Helmut Newton, Athol Shmith, Henry Talbot, David Franklin and the British photographer Terence Donovan.
The majority of the prints are photographs of Janice modelling in the different photographer¬?s studio, however there are also some showing Janice modelling outdoors and others where she appears at special publicity events, like the publicity photograph of a group of models for the All Australian Fashion Parades in 1962. Some of the photographs show Janice with her contempories - internationally renowned hairdresser Vidal Sassoon, pre-eminent fashion designer Hardy Amies, and photographers Henry Talbot and David Franklin.
While many of the photographs were taken in Australia, primarily Melbourne, there are also photographs of Janice in London, Switzerland, New York and Delhi, including a photograph taken of Janice in 1960 by British photographer Terence Donovan, a prominent British photographer and major figure of the ¬?Swinging London¬? scene of the 1960s.
Included in the archive are several photographs taken of Janice by photographers Helmut Newton, Athol Shmith and Henry Talbot. Janice shared close working relationships and friendships with these men, who greatly influenced her career and her later transition into photography. These photographic prints then are as much a documentation of the careers of the photographers, as they are of Janice¬?s own career. The photographs were acquired by the Powerhouse Museum in 1997 from Janice Wakely as part of her archive. They are mainly original prints in good condition, given to Janice by the photographers. The photographs capture Janice modelling for a variety of magazines and clients including the Australian Wool Board, Sportscraft and Everglaze Fabrics.
The photographs document the career of one of the most prominent Australian fashion models of the 1950s and 60s. During this time, Janice was a highly sought after fashion model with great success both in her homeland of Australia, as well as overseas in London and Paris. The series is an important documentation of the Australian fashion industry of the 1950s and 60s and how that industry fitted into the wider global context, with many of its industry professionals working both domestically and overseas. It also provides examples of high fashion tastes and styles during the era, and reveals how fashion developed and evolved from the 1950s into the 1960s.
This collection compliments others in the Powerhouse Museum including those which document the works of photographers Henry Talbot, Bruno Benini and Helmut Newton and photographs of other Australian fashion models of the era, such as Helen Homewood, Georgia Gold and Margot McKendry.
Helen Dunlop, Curatorial Intern with Anne Marie Van de Ven, Curator, June 2011